April 15, 2012
Melinda Warren is the new Director for the Birth Center, replacing Doreen Brado. Mindy has taken a progressive route in both her education and work experience to bring her to her new job at NVRH. She took a route familiar to many nurses, beginning as a nurseís aide and then going to school to earn an LPN. She returned to school to earn her RN while she continued to climb the career ladder rungs. She attended both UVM and Norwich University. She worked here at NVRH as both a nurseís aide and nurse, at one time working with Sandy Wayne, another previous manager of our Birth Center. Mindy lived in Florida for a time and met her husband who was serving in the British Royal Navy as a submariner and then they later returned to this area. Mindy is quite familiar with the Northeast Kingdom, having graduated from Danville High School and living here most of her life.
Much of Mindyís nursing career has been at Dartmouth Hitchcock where she served in various roles, mostly concentrated in the area of obstetrics. She served as the nurse manager of their Birthing Pavilion beginning in 2002. In 2009 she moved to the Information Technology Department to work on the implementation of their Electronic Medical Record system, installing Epic software. The EMR system went live in April of 2011 and her role was winding down when she heard about, and applied for, the new manager position here.
Mindy is very impressed with the Birthing Center. She remarked on the dedication and vast experience of the staff. That experience is both valued and valuable in maintaining a quality Birth Center she said. The staff is notable for its positive attitude and willingness to change. She commented that she thought it unusual to find a group of veteran employees who were so eager to try new things. One of Mindyís goals is to increase and market the services available in the department. An example is the hospitalís Baby Friendly status which is the WHO/UNICEF designation for hospitals meeting specific criteria promoting breastfeeding. As the only hospital in the state to receive the certification, it could be seen as an area of increased promotion. Also, we now offer epidural anesthesia during labor and delivery and that too could be used to market some of the services available here. Mindy commented that while she has lived in this area most of her life she is enjoying learning about the health care and hospital culture from her new perspective.
The department recently went live with its new Centricity documentation system from GE Healthcare. Centricity will integrate with and supplement Meditech in enhancing care in the department. One new feature will bring the fetal heart monitoring system to the nurseís station where previously it was available only at the motherís bedside. The system also enables the staff to document in the electronic medical record versus on paper. In the near future, providers will be able to view the monitors not only from desktops up the hall in their offices in Womenís Wellness but also from home via their Virtual Private Network on their home computers.
Mindy lives in Passumpsic with her family. Her two children attended St. Johnsbury Academy. Her son William has graduated from UVM and is going to begin working for the US Postal Service and her daughter Sarah attended Lyndon State and is getting ready to go into a culinary arts, baking and pastry program at Le Cordon Bleu in Boston. Mindyís husband Rob, works at Lowes in Littleton in the plumbing department and also does odd jobs. Mindy enjoys knitting, reading and cooking in her spare time.
Hilary De Carlo